VIDEO: 'Ghost' caught on CCTV at Bolton's oldest pub

The Bolton News: CCTV showing the 'ghost' at Ye Olde Man & Scythe CCTV showing the 'ghost' at Ye Olde Man & Scythe

SPOOKY security footage appears to have revealed a spirit of a different kind at Bolton’s oldest pub.

The freaky film appears to show a peculiar presence at one end of the bar at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Churchgate.

The figure flashes into view before quickly disappearing.

Footage was found by manager, Tony Dooley, who was woken on Friday morning just after 6am by the sound of breaking glass.

He noticed that the pub’s CCTV cameras had mysteriously stopped working and when he checked back over the film, he was shocked to see the dark figure come into view.

The 35-year-old, who only took over the pub, where he now lives, in December, said: “It has really shaken me up, look at my hand, it is shaking just talking about it — this is where I live.

“I have never really believed in ghosts or anything like that before, but I think I am starting to now.

“At first I thought someone had broken in, but I thought it was weird that the cameras stopped working, and then I watched it back and saw the figure.”

The Olde Man and Scythe is the fourth oldest pub in Britain and has long been rumoured to be haunted.

It is thought that James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby, has haunted the premises since he was executed outside the building for his part in the Bolton massacre.


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The Royalist commander is thought to have spent his last few hours in Ye Olde Man and Scythe and the chair he was sat in remains in the pub today.

Regular customer Greg Penkethman, aged 24, said: “I’ve always been sceptical about ghosts but after seeing the video i’m not so sure — it won’t stop me coming in for a drink though.”

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5:07pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

A bit late Bolton News. This has been up at my forum all day.
A bit late Bolton News. This has been up at my forum all day. Beyond News Forum

5:25pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
A bit late Bolton News. This has been up at my forum all day.
You can't win 'em all...
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: A bit late Bolton News. This has been up at my forum all day.[/p][/quote]You can't win 'em all... Julian Thorpe

6:10pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Garys987 says...

Spirits in a pub. Whatever next?
Spirits in a pub. Whatever next? Garys987

6:12pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Garys987 says...

Actually, it looks rather like a certain A Martin, to me!
Actually, it looks rather like a certain A Martin, to me! Garys987

6:36pm Mon 17 Feb 14

danssoncabaret says...

A shadowy figure runs down the right hand side of the picture just before the end. Very spooky indeed.
A shadowy figure runs down the right hand side of the picture just before the end. Very spooky indeed. danssoncabaret

6:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

shireen says...

Call the ghostbusters.
Call the ghostbusters. shireen

6:58pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sandals2428 says...

AS A EX LANDLORD OF THE SCYTHE, GHOSTS TENDED TO APPEAR WHEN TRADE WAS DOWN. WORK IT OUT YOURSELF.
AS A EX LANDLORD OF THE SCYTHE, GHOSTS TENDED TO APPEAR WHEN TRADE WAS DOWN. WORK IT OUT YOURSELF. sandals2428

7:03pm Mon 17 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

Boo!
Boo! BWFC71

7:17pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Garys987 wrote:
Spirits in a pub. Whatever next?
*facepalm*
[quote][p][bold]Garys987[/bold] wrote: Spirits in a pub. Whatever next?[/p][/quote]*facepalm* Beyond News Forum

7:21pm Mon 17 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

AHA I know the certain Greg Penkethman, he is a legend!
AHA I know the certain Greg Penkethman, he is a legend! FreedomOfSpeech1945

7:32pm Mon 17 Feb 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

Did a ghost sit there a few years ago was an eventful and interesting experience!
Did a ghost sit there a few years ago was an eventful and interesting experience! steverock6@sky.com

7:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

The ghost appears in the centre, then on the wall to the right and then on the left just before the camera goes off. I don't see why people do not believe in ghosts. I have seen one with my own eyes and I have a photograph of one I have taken down a mine. Clear as day. The evidence has been around for thousands of years.
The ghost appears in the centre, then on the wall to the right and then on the left just before the camera goes off. I don't see why people do not believe in ghosts. I have seen one with my own eyes and I have a photograph of one I have taken down a mine. Clear as day. The evidence has been around for thousands of years. FreedomOfSpeech1945

9:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

davidjb says...

well from watching this and reading the fact the manager heard glass breaking, it to me appears someone has broke in from the smoking area, a police car/ambulance with lights flashing has gone past outside, lighting up and flashing around the pub, which has alerted the person, who probably believed they had been caught.
well from watching this and reading the fact the manager heard glass breaking, it to me appears someone has broke in from the smoking area, a police car/ambulance with lights flashing has gone past outside, lighting up and flashing around the pub, which has alerted the person, who probably believed they had been caught. davidjb

9:40pm Mon 17 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

Funny how there is no sound on the clip, when todays CCTV does include sound!
Funny how there is no sound on the clip, when todays CCTV does include sound! BWFC71

10:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

davidjb says...

i found the footage on youtube of the video with sound, must be BEN video player problem

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=-my846Vi4
KI&feature=youtu.be
i found the footage on youtube of the video with sound, must be BEN video player problem http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=-my846Vi4 KI&feature=youtu.be davidjb

10:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

bleedingobvious says...

Look at pictures of roundhead helmets........
Look at pictures of roundhead helmets........ bleedingobvious

11:10pm Mon 17 Feb 14

DAN_5289 says...

Dont they do ghost tours at the man and syth ? At a cost.......
Dont they do ghost tours at the man and syth ? At a cost....... DAN_5289

11:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

0utrage says...

Oddly, I provided proof in the YouTube comments that this video has been tampered with and my comment disappeared. Probably flagged as spam or deleted by the account owner. Here it is again:

Busted: Watch the video frame by frame and at 27 seconds in (06:18:04:01 on the cam timer) you will see the time seems to be overlaid on a previous frame that reads 06:18:03:17. Proof that this video has been tampered with and is not "actual CCTV footage". http://i.imgur.com/o
MI22an.jpg
Oddly, I provided proof in the YouTube comments that this video has been tampered with and my comment disappeared. Probably flagged as spam or deleted by the account owner. Here it is again: Busted: Watch the video frame by frame and at 27 seconds in (06:18:04:01 on the cam timer) you will see the time seems to be overlaid on a previous frame that reads 06:18:03:17. Proof that this video has been tampered with and is not "actual CCTV footage". http://i.imgur.com/o MI22an.jpg 0utrage

9:37am Tue 18 Feb 14

nozza17 says...

Casper's on the Pi55
Casper's on the Pi55 nozza17

11:08am Tue 18 Feb 14

RationalBoltonian says...

If that's a ghost, I'm batman!
If that's a ghost, I'm batman! RationalBoltonian

11:48am Tue 18 Feb 14

bleedingobvious says...

bleedingobvious wrote:
Look at pictures of roundhead helmets........
I think it may be The Earl of Derbys Executioner.
[quote][p][bold]bleedingobvious[/bold] wrote: Look at pictures of roundhead helmets........[/p][/quote]I think it may be The Earl of Derbys Executioner. bleedingobvious

12:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

I would like to believe this is legitimate, though a niggling amount of skepticism remains. As 0utrage points out, there is a discrepancy with the overlay of the cctv surveillance footage. The flickering of the lights also gives the impression of some kind of projection perhaps? Maybe John Madden of the Scythe can clear this up...
I would like to believe this is legitimate, though a niggling amount of skepticism remains. As 0utrage points out, there is a discrepancy with the overlay of the cctv surveillance footage. The flickering of the lights also gives the impression of some kind of projection perhaps? Maybe John Madden of the Scythe can clear this up... Reebok Rhythm

12:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Little Lever Kerry says...

That is well spooky. I totally beleive in ghosts. We use to have ghost parties at our flat and we all dressed up like Yvette Fielding and watched Most Haunted. The lights and the telly and the gas use to go off quite a lot and nobody even touched a switch or anything.
That is well spooky. I totally beleive in ghosts. We use to have ghost parties at our flat and we all dressed up like Yvette Fielding and watched Most Haunted. The lights and the telly and the gas use to go off quite a lot and nobody even touched a switch or anything. Little Lever Kerry

5:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

kingbillspacked says...

So, who decides who becomes a ghost? How many humans have lived and died? A few hundred billion? We would be falling over them! Why don't these ghosts not all turn up in the town centre on a saturday, so we can all see them! You know why? Because it's ****! Your dead, you cease to exist
No amount of wanting to see your auntie edna, will change that fact, im afraid
So, who decides who becomes a ghost? How many humans have lived and died? A few hundred billion? We would be falling over them! Why don't these ghosts not all turn up in the town centre on a saturday, so we can all see them! You know why? Because it's ****! Your dead, you cease to exist No amount of wanting to see your auntie edna, will change that fact, im afraid kingbillspacked

5:36pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

sandals2428 wrote:
AS A EX LANDLORD OF THE SCYTHE, GHOSTS TENDED TO APPEAR WHEN TRADE WAS DOWN. WORK IT OUT YOURSELF.
Nahh
They wouldnt
Would they ?
lmao
[quote][p][bold]sandals2428[/bold] wrote: AS A EX LANDLORD OF THE SCYTHE, GHOSTS TENDED TO APPEAR WHEN TRADE WAS DOWN. WORK IT OUT YOURSELF.[/p][/quote]Nahh They wouldnt Would they ? lmao mr.mark.c

7:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

Going off the blond hair it looks like Jimmy Savile to me but it can't be,he wouldn't find any under aged kids in there.
Going off the blond hair it looks like Jimmy Savile to me but it can't be,he wouldn't find any under aged kids in there. boltonnut

10:22pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Citizen Cane says...

Do ghosts have shadows? : view full screen to find the unexpected answer
Do ghosts have shadows? : view full screen to find the unexpected answer Citizen Cane

10:43pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Donkey Stone says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
Do ghosts have shadows? : view full screen to find the unexpected answer
No but Cliff Richard does.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: Do ghosts have shadows? : view full screen to find the unexpected answer[/p][/quote]No but Cliff Richard does. Donkey Stone

2:20am Wed 19 Feb 14

The Priceshagger says...

As Jim Royle would say "My ar5e!!!"

Some people will believe anything. All the light source seems to come from behind the camera recording the footage.

And remember, adrenaline comes in yellow watery stuff and brown sloppy stuff, usually down ones inner and rear legs. :-)
As Jim Royle would say "My ar5e!!!" Some people will believe anything. All the light source seems to come from behind the camera recording the footage. And remember, adrenaline comes in yellow watery stuff and brown sloppy stuff, usually down ones inner and rear legs. :-) The Priceshagger

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